Poet Thom Gunn, 1929-2004.


Poet Thom Gunn, San Francisco, 1980s. Photo by John Tranter. Although AIDS was a focus of much of his later work, he remained HIV-negative himself. In 2004, he died of acute polysubstance abuse, including methamphetamine, at his home in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco, where he had lived since 1960.